Students should complete high school at the age of 17 years.

By Andrew Mackinnon

In Australia, as far as I’m aware, there are fourteen years of school altogether – one year of Preschool, one year of Kindergarten and twelve years of school from Years 1 to 12.

I believe that fourteen years of school from Preschool and Kindergarten to Year 12 under the current school system in Australia is too long.  Under the current school system, students complete Year 11 at the age of 17 years and Year 12 at the age of 18 years.  I believe that keeping students in high school after the age of 17 years confines them to an environment that is stultifying and ill-suited to their development as human beings. By the middle of Year 11 under the current school system, students can’t wait to finish high school and by the time Year 12 has commenced, they’re virtually comatose from having to remain in school for more than the thirteen years from Preschool and Kindergarten to the end of Year 11. Read more...